LOCAL INFORMATION & NEWS

Extracts from previous RCDT Weekly ENews/Events Listings: January 2007

5 January 2007

Tai Chi. This Saturday (6 January) sees the start of four weeks in January of Surrey Cricket funded Tai Chi at the Brit Oval. 3-4pm. Studio in the Gym, Brit Oval, Kennington Oval. This is a great opportunity to learn the skills with Michael Jacques, British Open Tai Chi Champion 1992/3. All welcome! Organised by Kennington Association.

Jon Davies Leaves Sure Start. After four years Jon Davies, the Manager of Kennington Sure Start, is leaving to run the charity Families Need Fathers. Under his leadership Sure Start made a big impact in the area. Sure Start schemes are replaced by Children Centres from 1 April. Clare Douglas, the Manager of the Stockwell and Larkhall Sure Start, is taking over Jon’s reins. Jon is not lost to the area as he is an active local resident. Clare is also a local resident and is Chair of RCDT.

Boot Sale – Saturday 13 January. Cathy Preece (Kennington Association) writes: Working with North Lambeth & North Southwark Sports Action Zone, we have our second boot sale from 8am until 2pm at the old Lilian Baylis school site on the Ethelred Estate, SE11. As well as using the parking area outside for vehicles, this time we have the use of the very large sports hall indoors. If you would like to book a plot, please telephone 020 7793 0268 indicating which you would prefer. We could do with help from a couple of volunteers to act as stewards and help man the front gate if anyone is available. Do please be in touch if you can lend a hand. Plot £5. Table £1. Entrance 50p.

Friends of Spring Gardens is continuing its role as watch-dog and promoter of improvements to Spring Gardens. It meets monthly and always needs new and active members. Current concerns are the planting plans, water logging of paths, the progress with the building of the Multi Use Games Area, and what can be done to stop the intermediate housing project being built on the former Lord Clyde site. Recently the Royal Vauxhall Tavern’s in-house Amateur Dramatics Group raised £250 for Spring Gardens. Further details about the Friends are available from Diane Lawley, the Secretary on di.lawley@synergynet.co.uk . Its next meeting is on Monday 5 February, 5.30pm at Vauxhall City Farm.

Youth Arts Programme at Oval House. 22 January – 31 March 2007. Young people looking to try something different this new year are encouraged to join the Oval House Theatre’s vibrant youth arts programme. Participants can expect professional tuition from practicing artists who will help them to express their ideas and emotions using music, theatre and dance. Classes include Street Dance, Drama and Vocals and are aimed at young people aged between 11-19 years old. Participants can also expect to learn a number of skills during the term which culminates in a short performance to family and friends in Oval House’s main theatre. Cost: £2.00 per session. For further information on classes contact: Nicholai, head of youth arts, on 020 7582 6279 or email nicholai.labarrie@ovalhouse.com. For full prospectus please see website: www.ovalhouse.com. There is something on most days.

Vauxhall City Farm Update. John Roberts, Director of the Farm, wrote to supporters just before Christmas. This is a slightly edited version. Through the efforts of our staff team, identifying some new funders and the support of regular funders the funding gap this was reduced to £40k in November. With the help of Kate Hoey, the South London Press and friends of the Farm we have so far managed to raise another £6k and a further £600 which was raised at the children's Christmas party on Saturday 16 December. We have been working very closely with Lambeth Council to seek a solution and we are please to announce that they will be supporting us with extra funding this year to keep our staff in post. We have a few more fund raising events in the new year, including the Kennington Association donation the money from their bazaar in the New Year and a gala evening at the Bonnington Square Cafe. We are ever hopeful that Santa might bring the rest in the Christmas post. I am confident that we will be able to maintain our services until March 2007 with your help and when our new funding streams come on line. But in the mean time if you or a friend or relative could support the farm by making an on line donation please do so on the following links. The first is for a one off donation and the second is for regular donations. https://secure.efundraising.org.uk/tailored/regular/regular.asp?charity=92321 ; https://secure.efundraising.org.uk/tailored/regular/regular.asp?charity=92321 .

The farm is truly a remarkable peaceful place that attracts over 12, 000 visitors from all over Lambeth and London each year and it would be a real travesty for us to reduce these services to the most vulnerable members of our communities, those with mental health problem, special needs, asylum seekers, children, older people who live in isolation, , our young people who need a place to feel valued rather than being involved with gangs and crime and who are very vulnerable, and those disadvantaged through social depravation. Please help in any way you can. vcf@btconnect.com

LOCAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS & NEWS

List week: 17-23 December
Penzance House, Penwith Manor Estate. Prior approval application for the demolition of Penzance House and 6 and 7 Tary Close. London & Quadrant Housing Group. Ref: 06/04335/GDOO
9 Denny Crescent. Application for a Certificate of Lawful development (proposed) in respect to erection of a single storey ground floor rear extension and a loft conversion with three rear rooflights. Ref 06/04168/LDCP
Comfort Inn Hotel, 87 South Lambeth Road. Erection of a full width single storey extension to the front street (West) elevation of the existing hotel for the provision of a restaurant (Use Class A3) and four dual use units for either retail (Class A1) office (Class B1) non-residential institution (Class D1), including excavation of new basement level. Heathdeal Ltd. Ref 06/04050/FUL
112 Fentiman Road. Two applications for demolition of single storey extension and stair to rear elevation, erection of three storey extension, and consequential changes. Ref 06/03406/LB + 06/03403/FUL
Week 24-31 December
59 Richborne Terrace. Conversion of a single family dwelling house into five self contained flats, two 2 bedroom flats, two 1 bedroom flats and 1 studio flat. 06/04126/FUL
Week 31 December to 6 January
366 Kennington Road. 4 applications for approval of details pursuant to Conditions of Listed Building Consents granted on 23/08/06. Ref 07/00012/DET; 07/00014/DET - 07/00016/DET
165 Fentiman Road. Erection of a single storey ground floor side extension to link property to existing structure at the rear of the garden together with demolition of the bay window and installation of sliding/folding doors. Ref 06/04257/FUL
19 Cleaver Square. 2 applications in respect of substantial works to layout, facilities extension, rooflighting etc. (summary of detail listed). Applicant: Andrew Hood. Ref: 06/04281/LDCP & 06/03952/LB
http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/publicaccess/dc/DcApplication/weeklylist_searchform.aspx

COUNCIL NEWS

Recycle Your Xmas Tree. From 9am-3pm from Monday 8 January to 21 January you can take your Xmas tree to the Christmas Tree recycling point The drop off point is at the Carlisle Lane end of Archbishops Park. and posters will be displayed in the vicinity. Further information from the Environment Contact Centre 020 7926 9000; EnviroContact@lambeth.gov.uk.
North Lambeth Area Committee. Wednesday 31 January. 7pm. Charles Edward Brook School, SW9. The theme will be - Economic and Enterprise Strategy and Health. Agenda items will include: Local News, Health in North Lambeth, Health provision and plans in North Lambeth, Enterprise and skills in North Lambeth. The agenda will be available on the website in the week before the meeting. For further information contact: Diarmid Swainson, tel 020 9726 2225
Email: dswainson@lambeth.gov.uk

Community Safety Section 17 Training. Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) requires local authorities and the police to consider the community safety implications of all their activities. It cuts across all departments of the local authority and has onerous responsibilities including the possibility of legal action if the authority is demonstrably deficient. As such it is a potentially important tool in community accountability and scrutiny. Lambeth Borough Council has engaged Perpetuity Consultants to help train staff in the application of s17 and to develop a strategy and has kindly extended an offer to include community members in the training. There will be a session for community individuals and organisations to be held at 6:30 pm at the Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, SW9 7PH on Thursday January 25th. If you would like to attend, please contact the Community/Police Consultative Group Office (020 7733 0878 or admin@lambethcpcg.org.uk ). Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Patrolling the Streets Scrutiny Commission. Bishop’s and Prince’s Ward Councillors Clare Whelan and Stephen Morgan are two of the three members of the Patrolling the Streets Scrutiny Commission set up by the Council. The third member is Councillor Darren Sanders, who is also acting as chair. Although the Commission is not empowered to make any formal decisions on behalf of the Council, the evidence it hears will help mould its final report and recommendations to Cabinet. The Commission is holding a consultation meeting from 6 to 8 p.m, Tuesday 30 January 2006 at 336 Brixton Road.

Recently Lambeth Streetcare has been considering the future of community wardens schemes and options are due to be discussed by the Cabinet early in January. Eventual outcomes could range from teams focusing on particular areas, a borough-wide approach, or even abolishing the service and transferring funding elsewhere such as to the youth service or extra police community support officers. The consultation meeting will be an opportunity for people to present their opinions and guide the thinking of the commission.

The wider purpose of this Commission is to explore the different roles and relationships between the various individuals and organisations that have a presence on the streets of the borough and how they work to:
§ improve community safety and reduce the perception of crime in the borough,
§ reduce anti-social behaviour,
§ improve environmental management, and
§ engage with the community and enhance social inclusion.
Involved in patrolling our streets are a large numbers of council employees such as community wardens, street care operatives and traffic wardens.

The commission recognises that there are also many people who have a street presence who are employed by our partners such as the police and police community support officers. Less obvious examples are postal workers and our waste management contractor’s staff.

Further investigations will be carried out over the next few months before the Commission presents its recommendations to Lambeth Council’s Cabinet for consideration.

Further information is available from Byron R. Green, Lead Scrutiny Officer, Scrutiny Team. Strategy & Corporate Services, Room 113, Town Hall, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW. Tel – 020 7926 2510. Email – bgreen@lambeth.gov.uk

GLA MEMBER NEWS

Free Travel for Under 18s. Val Shawcross, the area’s Greater London Assembly Member, is also currently conducting a survey of views on ‘free travel for under 18s’ on buses and trams. For families with children at school or college this has been a boost, but some people have suggested that it may contribute to anti-social behaviour. Val would be very interested to know what you think so she would like to invite you to log on to the survey link at http://FreeOnlineSurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?sid=bhjopqvoptq5los244265  and let her know your views.

Questions to the Mayor. As an Assembly Member Val Shawcross is able to submit one or two questions on behalf of local residents at the monthly Mayor’s Question Time, providing they are relevant to the Mayor and are issues of concern to Londoners. If you have a suggestion for such a question, please send it to her researcher Ami.Ibitson@london.gov.uk

Newsletter. The latest issue of Val Shawcross’s newsletter can be seen on www.valshawcross.com/files/news/2006WinterNewsletter.pdf .

COMMUNITY/POLICING NEWS

Drugs in Lambeth. Lambeth Community-Police Consultative Group’s monthly meeting is being held at 6pm. on Tuesday, 9 January 2007 at the Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton SW9. The main issue for discussion will be drugs in Lambeth led by Megan Jones, Lambeth Drug and Alcohol Action Team Coordinator, and Supt. Paul Wilson of Lambeth Police. The agenda includes local resident John Roberts, and acting Manager of Vauxhall City Farm, reporting on his role as Metropolitan Police Authority Lambeth Link member. There will also be an update from Chief Superintendent Martin Bridger. The briefing for the meeting states: ‘Nationally, over half of all acquisitive crime is estimated to be drugs related. What is the strategy in Lambeth and what are its priorities? How sustainable is it? How is the balance struck between enforcement and treatment? How well are local initiatives integrated with wider scale activity directed at drugs supply chains? These are some of the issues we hope to address. The Metropolitan Police Authority is currently undertaking a Scrutiny into Drugs Policing (details at www.mpa.gov.uk/committees/cop/2006/060901/10.htm ) and the Scrutiny Panel has indicated that some of its members will attend the Group meeting.

Mental Health and Policy Custody & LGBT Issues in Community Safety. The February of the Community/Police Consultative Group for Lambeth will be held on 6 February at the South London Liberal Synagogue, Prentis Road, Streatham SW16. The main issues fore discussion will be:
• 'Mental Health and Police Custody: How Effective is Interagency Working’
• Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual (LGBT) Issues in Community Safety' - as part of LGBT History Month Bus 333 from Kennington

Fear of Crime. The 6 March meeting of the Community/Police ConsultativeGroup at 6pm at Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill SW2 1RW will focus on 'Fear of Crime'. ‘In some parts of our community, the unjustified fear of crime is more damaging than crime itself, whilst in others fear is justified and amplifies the debility which crime engenders. This session will attempt to discern what it is that people fear, how justified are their fears and what are the drivers of fear, distinguishing the extent to which these aspects differ on the basis of location, ethnicity, gender, age etc. We shall seek contributions from the police, the LA, the media and voluntary agencies.

BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT AND JOBS

Rushey Green Time Bank Development Manager (£27,800 full time (including London weighting) plus 5% pension, fixed term contract). Are you a pioneer? Do you thrive on developing new opportunities, and enjoy working in unique and challenging situations? Then this job is for you! 'Rushey Green Time Bank' is a very special community development Charity based in South East London. Time Banks help build stronger communities, by encouraging neighbours to share their skills, using time as a currency. Rushey Green Time Bank is based in a GP's practice and places a strong emphasis on health. We are seeking a dynamic manager to help us build a sustainable future for this well-established and successful Charity. You will need to have a proven track record in project and financial management, fundraising, organisational development and be passionate about community participation. The job is based in Catford and is a fixed term contract until July 2008. You will be responsible for one member of staff and report to the Board of Trustees. For an application pack, contact Shelley McKowen, 020 7138 1772 or email:shelley.mckowen@gp-G85633.nhs.uk. Deadline for applications: Midday Friday 12th January 2007. Interviews will be on the 17th of January 2007.

Rushey Green Time Bank Broker (£12,600 pa for 3 days a week (pro rata of £21,000), including London weighting, plus 5% pension, fixed term contract). Are you a natural connector, a 'people person' - able to link people and projects in creative and exciting new ways? Then this job is for you!. A similar post to 'Volunteer Coordinator' a Time Bank Broker co-ordinates the 'reciprocal volunteering' amongst our current members as well as recruiting new ones. The role will also involve organising events, and running and developing projects. If you are passionate and practical about community participation, we want to hear from you. The job is based in Catford and is a fixed term contract until December 2007. For an application pack, contact Shelley McKowen, 020 7138 1772 or email:shelley.mckowen@gp-G85633.nhs.uk. Deadline for applications: Midday 12th January 2007. Interviews will be on the 19th January.

Artistic workshop leader required for Norwood arts club. Come and Create are looking for an artistic workshop leader to help run a Saturday community arts workshop once a week for 12 weeks. Role: To provide art and crafts based activities that cater to all ages and abilities and to work alongside another leader in planning and running a/the session. Requirements:
• Artistic background or experience in some artistic media
• Some experience or knowledge of working with young people
• Keen, enthusiastic and reliable
• Have or able to get a CRB
All workshops run on Saturdays and leaders will be needed from 1.15 - 3.15pm. Hourly rate - £10 per hour. For more information please visit: www.comeandcreate.com or contact Jessie on either 07903 311 513, or email: jessie@comeandcreate.com

12 JANUARY 2007

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LOCAL NEWS

Enterprise Inns Seeks Permission For External Drinking Area for Queen Anne Pub, 139 Vauxhall Walk. See Local Planning Applications & News Section for details.
Grand Sale of Multi-Cultural and Other Children’s Books. 50% discount on selected titles at Soma Books, 38 Kennington Lane, open: 10-6pm Monday – Friday. Soma Books is a long established business in the area supplying mainly multi-cultural books by mail order. Last year RCDT encouraged them to consider developing more of a local profile. A range of their books were on sale on the Community Support’s stall at the July Festival Local History Fair. somabooks.online@virgin.net

Computer and Life Skills Courses at Riverside IT until April. The following courses are being run this term at Riverside at 125 Lambeth Walk: Tuesdays 10am-1pm ECDL (computing for beginners), Tuesdays 2-5pm Numeracy; Wednesdays 10am-1pm Web Design; Wednesdays 2-5pm ICT Support; Thursdays 10am-1pm Literacy. Riverside IT is a RCDT project managed for it by Estates Skills Partnership. Further details from Liam Barnes: 020 7582 5322. Email: LBarnes1@lambeth.gov.uk.

‘Ragged child’ with the Inner City Players. The Inner City Players are putting on the 'Ragged Child' March 21st – 24th at the Lambeth Mission & St Mary’s. The musical is set at the end of the 19th century when many children were homeless & lived in the most impoverished of circumstances & cholera was rife. Lord Shaftsbury, a prominent politician began to set up ‘Ragged Schools’ to enable children to rise above their appalling conditions. It is involving local children & adults in the cast. The Lambeth Ragged School operated in the building that is now Beaconsfield Gallery. The Beaufoy Trust which owned the building sold it and using the money built the Beaufoy Institute in what is now Black Prince Rd.

Secret Santa. Cathy Preece of Kennington Association writes: Secret Santa's sleigh will be calling at Red Devil Storage once again on Sunday (26th November) at 2pm to take delivery of pressies that will then be locked up in his grotto! Please be generous with brand new items, suitable as Christmas presents for children and family members, such as toys, toiletries, confectionery, vouchers, CDs, books, quality stationery, and other "lucky dip" gifts.

Drones Jazz Jam. Tim Clark (organiser of the Jazz Jam sessions at the Pilgrim Pub) writes: Another good night last week - the sound was good, the atmosphere particularly relaxed and friendly - and more good music. Thanks to those of you who came and warmed up the chilly November evening. More of the same this week, hopefully with some new (or old faces). There's plenty of room for you - horns, pianists, strummers and drummers, herald angels,
percussionists, cowbell tinklers, even bass players (we'll try anything once)... anyone who can play a bit and wants to try ... let's be having you! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves - please feel free to tell me if you are, OR if there's anything that could be improved - I like hearing from
you. If you haven't been down yet, do come, we have lots of fun. Either to play, listen, or just drink and soak up the ambience. The more the merrier. Let's have a really good run up to Christmas. ...looking forward to seeing you all this Tuesday evening at London's
friendliest jam, in one of London's friendliest pubs. Note: for further details see Regular Events Section below. Please note change in start time from 8 to 8.15pm.

Planning Issues Event. RCDT’s Planning Issues event which had to be postponed on 4 November will now be held on Saturday 3 February. The November programme is on www.rcdt.org.uk. Any comments which might help refine the programme will be helpful. Please email info@rcdt.org with your views or to say you would like a chat with Sean (Sean is currently only 2 days a week part-time for RCDT.)

Goodbye to Wilma Roest. Belated best wishes to Rev Wilma Roest of St Peter’s who has moved to a new post in Balham. She made an enormous contribution to keeping St Peter’s open and developing it as a music/arts venue.

LOCAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS & NEWS

List week: 7-13 January
Roof Top Site, Vauxhall Telephone Exchange, Kennington Park Road. An application for Prior Approval at an existing telecommunications site for the installation of 1 No. Equipment Cabinet, measuring 1960mm x 700mm x 1490mm, and located at roof level. Ref: 07/00080/GDOT
Gateway House, 8 Milverton Street. Approval of details pursuant to conditions 3 (Noise Survey Report) & 4 (Acoustic enclosure) of planning permission (Retention of rooftop air conditioning plant, installation of an additional bay to the existing air-conditioning platform, erection of four additional air conditioning units, retention of three satellite dishes, installation of one additional dish and extension to the screening) granted on 09.11.06. Ref: 07/00085/DET & 07/00082/DET
38 Walcot Square. Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness (Proposed) in respect to erection of a single storey rear extension with two rooflights. Ref: 07/00067/LDCP
The Queen Anne Public House, 139 Vauxhall Walk. Installation of iron gates and railings to perimeter of existing driveway at a height of 1800mm and installation of a retractable awning over driveway, in association with the use of the driveway as an external drinking area for the public house. Applicant: Enterprise Inns. Ref: 06/04354/FUL
297 Kennington Road. Alterations to shopfront involving the installation of a fire exit door to the front elevation on Kennington Road. Ref: 06/04038/FUL

COUNCIL NEWS

Extended Schools Programme. Catherine Kane, the North Lambeth Extended Schools Co-ordinator writes: I am the North Lambeth Extended Services Area Co-ordinator. My role is to work with primary and secondary schools in North Lambeth and identify how to support schools to provide a full core offer which is provision of wrap-around childcare from 8am - 6pm, providing parent support, varied menu of activities, swift and easy referral and community access. If your organisation wants to work more closely with schools, please contact me via email ckane@lambeth.gov.uk or phone me: 020 7926 2268. Mobile: 07852 334062. Catherine Kane, Extended Services Area Co-ordinator - North Lambeth, Children & Young People's Services (CYPS), 1st Floor, 205 Stockwell Road, Brixton SW9 9SL
Local schools taking part in the first phase of the extended schools programme are: Archbishop Sumner, Henry Fawcett, Vauxhall, and Lilian Baylis. Further information is set out in the Extended Schools section below.

SCHOOL NEWS AND EXTENDED SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Archbishop Sumner at Evelina Hospital. The School’s Year 2 pupils took an excerpt from their Christmas Nativity to the Evelina Hospital (the new children’s hospital at St Thomas’) where they performed with gusto. The chaplain remarked at a recent service at the Lambeth Mission & St Mary’s ‘They even brought a smile to the mother of a child who was shortly to die’

Funds for Bosnia. Several hundred pounds were raised for ‘Crisis at Christmas’ & for our school in Bosnia at Archbishop Sumner Schools’ ‘Christmas Round the World’ & Christmas concerts.

EXTENDED SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

The following is from a Lambeth Council explanatory note. The programme sits within the Children and Young Persons Service of the Council (CYPS).

Extended Services Core Offer (demand led):
a) Wrap around child-care 8am-6pm
b) Varied menu of activities
c) Parental support
d) Referral to specialist services
e) Community access

These outcomes reflect Government policy changes outlined in the Green Paper: Every Child Matters and in the Children Act 2004. This legislation has resulted in the need to re-organise how children’s services are currently delivered locally. School improvement, social inclusion, and community learning remain priorities in achieving improved outcomes for children and young people. The Service will continue to support schools to raise standards of achievement and to include the most vulnerable pupils. Extending schools and services has a key role to play in contributing to and sustaining this continued improvement.

The CYPSP’s key priorities as stated are based on an analysis, which identified the following needs for children and young people. Our priorities for action will address these needs.
Be healthy
• Better support for children and their families
• More access to physical activity
• Clearer advice about sex, relationships and pregnancy

Stay safe
• Earlier support for their families through access to preventative services
• Better public realm and play facilities
• Protection from neglect and abuse
• Safer communities for children and young people

Enjoy and achieve
• Sustained focus on improving educational achievement and narrowing the achievement gap
• Access to more local school places
• Targeted support for those with learning needs
• Specialist help if they are Looked after

Make a positive contribution
• More opportunities to express their views
• Excellent and diverse early years provision
• Arts, sports and cultural services that are more accessible to children
• Decision making needs to seek and reflect children’s and young peoples advice

Economic well being
• Better career advice
• More access to child care and training
• Young people require additional routes to employment when they leave school

The authority is prioritising activity to address the above needs which impact on the most vulnerable children and young people and their families – young families living in poverty, disaffected young people who are in danger of youth offending, pupils out of school, Looked-after Children (LAC), young mothers, and those with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD).

Challenges
For schools: build relationships rather than individual base, capacity building for all and making a difference locally.
In terms of building relationships this means focusing on relationships rather than individual students thereby looking at families and multi-agencies who also engage with children/families.
Capacity building for all means staff and students as well as enabling multi-partnership working with other service providers who will provide services in/around school setting.
Making a difference locally: challenge for headteacher to move from strategic decision process grounded in what’s best for school context to a wider context incorporating models of decision making which impact on the greater community – thus involving with other decision making structures/bodies.
Fears/concerns:
Losing control and unwilling to change approach to school service delivery
Stress of change.
Create sustainability of services
Ethos of extended schooling:
Develop and influence networks with greater community decision making structures
Look at the needs of all relevant professional and community groups in the area.

Governance:
Changing approach to governance in that schools have to learn to support local innovation and take a lead nationally. At local level, the nature of collaboration is shifting towards joint working methods that support capacity as well as build and depend on the capacity of other organisations. From resource sharing to informal networks; extended schools are learning to embed this ethos locally and share the risks it implies. Decision making therefore becomes organic and more informal. So building collaborations with other headteachers, local authorities, JobCentres, health services, VCS.

Full background on the Extended Schools Initiative can be seen on the website of the Training and Development Agency for Schools:
www.tda.gov.uk/remodelling/extendedschools/coreoffer.aspx?keywords=extended+services

Youth Arts Programme at Oval House. 22 January – 31 March 2007. Young people looking to try something different this new year are encouraged to join the Oval House Theatre’s vibrant youth arts programme. Participants can expect professional tuition from practicing artists who will help them to express their ideas and emotions using music, theatre and dance. Classes include Street Dance, Drama and Vocals and are aimed at young people aged between 11-19 years old. Participants can also expect to learn a number of skills during the term which culminates in a short performance to family and friends in Oval House’s main theatre. Cost: £2.00 per session. For further information on classes contact: Nicholai, head of youth arts, on 020 7582 6279 or email nicholai.labarrie@ovalhouse.com. For full prospectus please see website: www.ovalhouse.com. There is something on most days.

19 JANUARY 2007

LOCAL NEWS

PLANNING FOR HALF-TERM 19-23 FEBRUARY? Have you got children and want to plan activities for the half-term? Then have a look at the activities at Archbishop Sumner School and Gasworks gallery detailed in the February Diary below. If you are an organisation putting activities on please email for inclusion in the next issues of this email.

KENNINGTON PARK PLAY CONSULTATION AND EXHBITION STARTS ON SATURDAY 27 JANUARY. Friends of Kennington Park are putting on an exhibition of artwork by Henry Fawcett School pupils the new playground design and questionnaires on the parks play facilities for children young people. The exhibition runs till the end of February. See January Diary for further details.

NORTH LAMBATH AREA COMMITTEE 31 JANUARY. See Council News Section for details of what is being discussed.

KENNINGTON, OVAL & VAUXHALL FORUM 20 FEBRUARY. KOV Forum’s next meeting is on Tuesday 20 February. See February Diary.

VOLUNTEER COOK REQUIRED. Oval Partnership is holding a community lunch every Wednesday for unemployed and 60+ in the Kennington Park Community Centre. We are looking for someone willing to cook simple, healthy meals for up to 30 people. There is help with shopping, serving, clearing up. The project is until April 07. If you can help, please call: Contact Tricia Anderson: Tel - 020 8297 5590, Email - tricia.anderson@ovalpartnership.org.uk

DRONES JAZZ JAM AT THE PILGRIM. Tim Clark the organiser writes: It was good to see so many of you early in the evening last week, keep it up! The bass has been repaired - you may not have noticed, but I spent last week playing balanced on a rolled up piece of carpet because the spike broke 5 minutes before we started. Also, it has been fully set up by Lawrence Dixon of Clapham, so I am hoping to make it sound much better over the next few weeks. It was great to have Dee back, fresh and revitalised from her alto-tour of Majorca. She is back in the regular weekly front line slot. Come and hear her, playing with Ned and his woodland sprites (trying to coax spring into arriving), from 8.15pm. And if you want to play, please try to come early - it's getting harder and harder to fit everyone in. ...looking forward to seeing you all at London's friendliest jam, in one of London's friendliest pubs. Every Tuesday at the Pilgrim Bar and Kitchen, 247 Kennington Lane (the corner of Kennington Lane and Montford Place). Hosted by the Ned Flanders Quartet (Marcus Hill, Tim Clark, Andrew Sweeney. and Dougie Neillands) and Friends, with the very special Dee Byrne on alto. House band 8.15 - 9.15pm; Jam 9.30 - 11pm.

Planning Issues Event. RCDT’s Planning Issues event which had to be postponed on 4 November will now be held on Saturday 3 February. The November programme is on www.rcdt.org.uk . Any comments which might help refine the programme will be helpful. Please email info@rcdt.org  with your views or to say you would like a chat with Sean (Sean is currently only 2 days a week part-time for RCDT.

LOCAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS & NEWS

List week: 14-20 January: None

COUNCIL NEWS

North Lambeth Area Committee. Wednesday, 31st January 7pm. Charles Edward Brook School, Cormont Road, SE5. You are warmly invited to the next meeting of North Lambeth Area Committee. The theme is Employment and Enterprise and Health. Agenda items will include: cycling & pedestrian projects; employment & enterprise activity in North Lambeth; Streetcare monitoring; Council budget; Communities First; proposals for a framework for community engagement in Lambeth merging Area Committee and town centre forums; Cross River Tram consultation update; Future Lambeth (regeneration in North Lambeth). The Primary Care Trust will be presenting plans for Health provision in North Lambeth. There will also be local news & public notice questions. The full Council agenda will be available on the website in the week before the meeting. For further information contact: Diarmid Swainson. Tel 020 9726 2225. Email: dswainson@lambeth.gov.uk ; www.lambeth.gov  (go to Council and Democracy).

Operation Freshview in North Lambeth. Operation Freshview is an opportunity for a range of agencies to work together, to deliver initiatives that improve the local environment, promote community safety and reduce the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life for a significant number of Lambeth residents. The Operation educates residents about their local services and also allows them to voice their own opinions. The name Freshview has been chosen as it encompasses our fresh approach to delivering services in partnership as well as encouraging residents and businesses to take a fresh view of their area. Five wards, including, Oval, Prince’s and Vassall, here in North Lambeth have been chosen for a one year trial. Oval and Vassall have already seen the benefits and further visits are planned: Prince’s - 13 March; Oval - 8 May; Vassall - 15 June. Partners involved in Operation Freshview are: Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Transport for London, Cleanaway, Lambeth Crime Prevention Trust. A wide range of activities are covered on the day, for example: Graffiti Removal, Bulky waste items removed, Jet washing and deep cleaning problem areas, Abandoned and untaxed vehicle removal, Hedges cut back, Street lighting repairs, Engagement and referrals of street drinkers, rough sleepers, beggars, Shop inspections for illegal goods, waste contracts, licensing, Abandoned property inspections, Building control inspections, Education around littering and dog fouling, Appointments made for free home safety checks by the fire brigade, Noise complaint inspections, Information area and various officers out engaging and educating residents around council and partner agencies services. For more information, or wish to get involved, please contact the Streetcare Service Centre on 020 7926 9000 or email - freshview@lambeth.gov.uk

Council Launches New Family Support Service. The Council’s new Family Support Service providing help to 16-17 year old people and their families, was launched on Monday 8 January. The service aims to prevent young people from becoming homeless and help other young people, mostly in temporary accommodation, to go back to family homes. The team of family relations officers offer conflict resolution and mediation services to young people and their families, to help them resolve difficulties and improve relationships, with a view to reducing the risk of young people becoming homeless. Visit the family support service page for further information. You can also contact the family support service by calling 020 7926 5135 or email: familysupport@lambeth.gov.uk

Council news service
£1.655m Budget Boost for Young People. Young people in Lambeth are set to benefit by an extra £1.655 million which has been earmarked for their services in the forthcoming Council budget. The money will be spent over the next three years. The new cash will be used to improve and expand youth participation, building on three clear themes. These are Getting Involved, More things to do and Staying out of trouble.
• "Getting Involved" will focus on better participation and involvement by young people. The centrepiece will be a new Youth Mayor initiative, run by young people themselves.
The aim is to create an infrastructure that will allow the council to actively listen to them and to give them the opportunity to take part in decisions affecting them.
• "More things to do" will pay for more sports and activities for young people in the summer, with expanded weekend and holiday provision. It ties in with the council's sports strategy and preparation for the 2012 Olympics. Sports Action Zones will be implemented across the borough. This will see the introduction of a wide range of activities for young people, including football, athletics, tennis, basketball, dance and music workshops.
• "Staying out of trouble" addresses both prevention and reduction of youth crime. Services will be targeted specifically at young people identified as at risk of offending, who will receive an individual package of support. Re-offending will also be tackled. A reparation programme will be developed. This will include activities such as graffiti removal alongside pathways into education, training and employment.
Councillor Sally Prentice, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services commented: "Expanding and improving services for all our young people is our top priority. "We are putting this extra money into the budget to underpin our aim of enhancing the active engagement of young people in our community and of helping those at greatest risk of social exclusion and of drifting into crime."

Community Wardens Scheme to be Shut Down. The Council Cabinet meeting on 8 January agreed to shut down the Community Warden scheme from 1 April and to use the monies spent on it in other ways to impove community safety. See Minutes on http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/Published/C00000225/M00000397/$$$Minutes.doc.pdf

Extended Schools Programme. Catherine Kane, the North Lambeth Extended Schools Co-ordinator writes: I am the North Lambeth Extended Services Area Co-ordinator. My role is to work with primary and secondary schools in North Lambeth and identify how to support schools to provide a full core offer which is provision of wrap-around childcare from 8am - 6pm, providing parent support, varied menu of activities, swift and easy referral and community access. If your organisation wants to work more closely with schools, please contact me via email ckane@lambeth.gov.uk  or phone me: 020 7926 2268. Mobile: 07852 334062. Catherine Kane, Extended Services Area Co-ordinator - North Lambeth, Children & Young People's Services (CYPS), 1st Floor, 205 Stockwell Road, Brixton SW9 9SL

Local schools taking part in the first phase of the extended schools programme are: Archbishop Sumner, Henry Fawcett, Vauxhall, and Lilian Baylis. Further information is set out in the Extended Schools section below.

HEALTH NEWS

Attendance Allowance Project. Age Concern Lambeth, with funding from North Lambeth Town Centre Office, has started a project to increase Attendance Allowance (AA) take-up in North Lambeth. AA is a disability benefit for those aged 65 and in need personal care. AA has been significantly under-claimed in this area in the past and both Age Concern Lambeth and Lambeth Council are keen to increase the numbers claiming. This is initially a short-term project, finishing end of March 07 and we need as many referrals as possible. If you know any older people living in North Lambeth who might qualify for AA (or, if already getting the lower rate, could qualify for the higher rate if they need care during the day and the night), please ask them if they would be interested in claiming. If so, please contact: Carol Hughes, Attendance Allowance Worker, Age Concern Lambeth, 336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA. Tel: 020 7346 6813. Email: c.hughes@aclambeth.org.uk . Any queries should also be directed to Carol who can also arrange home visits or appointments at the Brixton office above, or at Lambeth Community Care Centre, Monkton Street, Kennington, SE11 4TX..

Mental Wellbeing In Lambeth. Launch of the Lambeth Wellbeing website - www.lambethwellbeing.co.uk. Monday 22 January 2007, 12--2pm. Stockwell YMCA, Stockwell Road, SW9. All are warmly invited to the launch of the website dedicated to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of people living and working in Lambeth. The event includes lunch, opportunities to network and browse stalls of organisations in Lambeth working to promote mental health and wellbeing, and a presentation from Nic Marks titled Achieving Happiness In Lambeth. Nic leads the New Economics Foundation’s work on wellbeing. To register to attend the event please email Amma Twum-Bannor on temp.phealth@lambethpct.nhs.uk. For further information on Lambeth Wellbeing, please contact: Darrell.gale@lambethpct.nhs.uk, or sarah.corlett@lambethpct.nhs.uk.
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North Lambeth Area Committee. Wednesday, 31st January 7pm. Charles Edward Brook School, Cormont Road, SE5. You are warmly invited to the next meeting of North Lambeth Area Committee. The theme is Employment and Enterprise and Health. Agenda items will include: cycling & pedestrian projects; employment & enterprise activity in North Lambeth; Streetcare monitoring; Council budget; Communities First; proposals for a framework for community engagement in Lambeth merging Area Committee and town centre forums; Cross River Tram consultation update; Future Lambeth (regeneration in North Lambeth). The Primary Care Trust will be presenting plans for Health provision in North Lambeth. There will also be local news & public notice questions. The full Council agenda will be available on the website in the week before the meeting. For further information contact: Diarmid Swainson. Tel 020 9726 2225. Email: dswainson@lambeth.gov.uk ; www.lambeth.gov  (go to Council and Democracy).

LOCAL NEWS

Community Planting Fun Day, Saturday 10 Feb on Kennington Park Estate, Alverstone House Courtyard, off Magee St, SE11. 11am-3pm. Bat against Surrey cricket players, music, refreshments, face painting, art & craft and make your own herb pots. AND PLANTING. Plus the chance to do some digging and planting to help make the Kennington Park Estate more beautiful. The event is part of a two year project with Hyde Southbank Homes to make Kennington Park and Bridge Estates greener and more beautiful. ALL WELCOME. If you want to dig and plant you are advised to dress warmly ion old clothes and sturdy shoes. Raffle prizes include cricket and West End theatre tickets and much more. Organised by Trees for Cities. Contact: Ellie Mortimer, Community Events and Consultation Coordinator, Trees for Cities, Prince Consort Lodge, Kennington Park, Kennington, SE11 4AS. 0207 820 4416 or 07920 264 990. ellie@treesforcities.org

Life Drawing Workshops to Re-Start. Mary Mollinson will be re-starting life drawing workshops at the Bonnington Centre from 4 March on some Sundays 3pm-5:30pm. Easels and boards provided. Materials obtainable. If you could state people contact for info. on: marymollison@btinternet.com
Blooming front gardens? A photographic exhibition by Elaine Kramer. From planning policy to parking spaces, garden space is under pressure like never before. Hundreds of thousands of front gardens lie smothered beneath a tide of asphalt laid to create spaces to park Britain's 32 million cars. Blooming Front Gardens is a chance to view some local examples....before its too late. At Tate South Lambeth Library till end of February. See Arts Galleries & Exhibitions section below for times.

Pelican Nursery School Plans To Open at St. Anselm’s Church Hall. It will run Mondays to Fridays for am and pm sessions. Further details from 020 7820 6600. www.thepelicannursery.co.uk

Tai Chi to Continue at Brit Oval. Originally planned to end this Saturday Surrey Cricket have agreed to continue funding FREE Tai Chi on Saturday afternoons from 3pm until 4pm in the Studio in the Health & Fitness Gym at the Brit Oval. Led by Michael Jacques, British Open Tai Chi Champion 1992/3. All welcome!

Computer Training at Riverside IT. The winter term programme of computer training sessions at Riverside IT is on www.rcdt.org. Riverside IT is an RCDT project managed for it by Estate Skills Partnership.

Drones Jazz Jam. Tim Clark (organiser of the Jazz Jam sessions at the Pilgrim Pub) writes: Another good night last week - the sound was good, the atmosphere particularly relaxed and friendly - and more good music. Thanks to those of you who came and warmed up the chilly November evening. More of the same this week, hopefully with some new (or old faces). There's plenty of room for you - horns, pianists, strummers and drummers, herald angels,
percussionists, cowbell tinklers, even bass players (we'll try anything once)... anyone who can play a bit and wants to try ... let's be having you! I hope you are all enjoying yourselves - please feel free to tell me if you are, OR if there's anything that could be improved - I like hearing from
you. If you haven't been down yet, do come, we have lots of fun. Either to play, listen, or just drink and soak up the ambience. The more the merrier. Let's have a really good run up to Christmas. ...looking forward to seeing you all this Tuesday evening at London's
friendliest jam, in one of London's friendliest pubs. Note: for further details see Regular Events Section below. Please note change in start time from 8 to 8.15pm.

LOCAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS & NEWS

List week: 21-27 January: There is a systems access fault on the Council planning website so it has not been possible to check whether there are any new applications this week. Try looking next week on:

COUNCIL NEWS

Supply Lambeth invites you to ‘Meet the Buyers’ – February 7. Interested in finding out more about how the Council procures it’s goods and services? Want more information on how your group can tender for these types of contracts? If so you may benefit from an appointment at the Meet the Buyers seminar. Go to the following page for full details and information on how to register: www.lambethvac.org.uk/s-SupplyLambeth 

£40,000 cut proposed for play and holiday activities. Lambeth Council’s Children and Young People’’s Service Scrutiny Sub-committee held a special meeting on Tuesday 23 January to consider the budget for the Community & Young People’s Service for 2007-8. Among other ‘savings’ proposed is a £40,000 cut for play and holiday activities run by community and voluntary sector organisations. (See Page 12 of www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/Published/C00000110/M00005619/$$ADocPackPublic.pdf )

Cuts to Communities Spending. Lambeth Council’s Environment & Community Safety Scrutiny Sub-committee meeting on 1 February will be considering a budget report outlining a combined cut in spending (taking account of ‘savings’ and new revenue growth) of £3.413m in 2007-8. £1.585 of the pre-growth ‘savings is on ‘Safer & Stronger Communities’ and £2.5m pre-growth ‘savings’ on activities not related to the Local Area Agreement that comes into force on 1 April. Full details can be seen on www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/Published/C00000111/M00000327/$$ADocPackPublic.pdf

LAMBETH VOLUNTARY SECTOR NEWS

Procurement and Commissioning season has arrived! If you want to know more about the several procurement and commissioning agendas currently developing in Lambeth, log on to the new mini-site on the LVAC website. For a basic introduction and calendar of key events go to the homepage here: www.lambethvac.org.uk/s-Commissioning_and_Procurement_Home_Page 

Gearing Up for Procurement and Commissioning Conference – Tuesday 30 January
New to procurement and commissioning issues or just want a round up of all the latest information? If so this headline conference is the place for you. Featuring key note speakers, information and signposting and best of all – a free lunch. It’s not too late to register for this free event, which includes keynote presentations from:
• Ian Jackson, Lambeth First
• John Roog, LBL Adult and Community Services
• Ann Skinner, LBL Supporting People
• Jack Shieh, Vietnamese Mental Health Service
• Ian McKinnon, EXOR accreditation
For a full conference outline and registration details go to the following page:
www.lambethvac.org.uk/s-Gearinguppage

Step Forward Good Practice and Partnership Working Conference – February 14. If you are a small organisation wanting to know more about partnership working and commissioning arrangements with a larger provider then you should attend this conference. Step Forward provide a range of services to individuals to support independent living, so primarily they are looking for smaller partners delivering niche services in these areas. But even if that’s not for you, there are workshops around many of the challenges VCS groups face in terms of gearing up to deliver contracts – such as partnership arrangements and quality assurance frameworks. This conference also features a key note address from Council Chief Executive Derrick Anderson. For full details on how to register please go to this page:
www.lambethvac.org.uk/s-StepForwardConference

SCHOOL NEWS AND EXTENDED SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Walnut Tree School Improvements. Lambeth Council has money from Department of Education and Science to fund improvements to Walnut Tree Walk School. (see page 14 of www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/Published/C00000110/M00005619/$$ADocPackPublic.pdf )

BUSINESS, EMPLOYMENT AND JOBS

Caretaker/Handyperson Needed. The North Lambeth Methodist Circuit needs a caretaker/handyperson to work at Lambeth Mission & St Mary's and Vauxhall Methodist Church. Salary c £17000 pa (full-time). The post is subject to CRB disclosure. For full details and application form contact:- Cindy Hyson, Lambeth Mission & St Mary's, 3-5 Lambeth Road, SE1 7DQ, Tel: 020 7735 2166. cindy.office@lambethmission.org.uk . Closing date 9th February

Community Engagement Officer. Stockwell Community Resource Centre is looking for a Community Engagement Officer for an exciting new project to celebrate Stockwell’s cultural diversity. Through innovative use of appropriate media, working in collaboration with local communities, organisations and groups, the successful candidate will be responsible for organising a series of cultural events/programmes designed to showcase Stockwell’s community. Part time - 17.5 hours per week, 2-year fixed term contract. Salary: £12,500 per annum. If you want to find out more about the post or require an application pack, please contact Beatrix Costa on 020 7501 2501 or beatrix@stockcr.co.uk  or alternatively you can visit us at 1 Studley Road, London SW4 6RA (behind Stockwell tube station). The deadline for applications is 4pm on Thursday, 8th February 2007. Stockwell Community Resource Centre is an equal opportunities employer.